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go critical

1. To be able to function successfully. When do you think this new software will be able to go critical?
2. Of a nuclear reactor or power station, to be able to sustain a nuclear chain reaction. What protections do we have if the nuclear power plant goes critical?
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go critical

1. If a project or organization goes critical, it reaches a stage of development where it can operate smoothly and successfully. The programme confirmed its initial impact in week two, and really `went critical' with the third edition on 8 December. Bristol airport is about to go critical. That will come when more than a million passengers a year pass through the terminal.
2. When a nuclear power station goes critical, it reaches a state in which a nuclear fission chain reaction can sustain itself. Monju went critical last year, and produced its first electricity in August this year.
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He, in his first speech as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, described the on going critical issues of Pakistan that have been the causes of Pakistan's backwardness in the International forum.
It will be comprised of a ~32 kilogram enriched uranium reactor core (about the size of a circular oatmeal box) made from uranium metal going critical, and generating heat that will be transported by sodium heat pipes to Stirling engines that will produce electricity.
With the reactor going critical now, the submarine will eventually head for open waters for extensive "sea- acceptance trials", which will include firing of its 750-km range K-15 ballistic missiles.
J.Jayalalitha, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India, Maj Gen S.G.Vombatkere (Retd) has pointed out that the Koodankulam nuclear power plant (KKNPP) going critical in contempt of people's well-founded fears for safety and health through calculated in transparency to the questions and issues raised by them.
With the reactor going critical, Arihant would be taken to the sea for elaborate trials.
To prevent the spent fuel from going critical, the spent fuel assemblies are placed in metal boxes whose walls contain neutron-absorbing boron.
This is in sharp contrast to Going Critical, former diplomat Joel Wit's definitive account of the first North Korea nuclear crisis in the early 1990s.
To prevent the possibility of the reactor going critical, it has increased the amount of water injected as coolant by 3 tons per hour and poured in 1 ton of boric acid on Sunday.
Even if the possibility of going critical remains remote, spent fuel can kill.
Thus in chapters on Kushner and the history of "cosmopolitanism," on Arthur Miller and what Freedman calls "the making of ethnic masculinity," on the "Left Behind" books and the anti-Semitism of putatively philo-Semitic New Right populism, on racial sentimentalism, on Conversos and Marranos, and on historical crossings between Jewish and Asian Americans, Freedman makes valuable--wide-ranging and intelligent--contributions to most of the going critical conversations in contemporary Jewish American literary history.
PDM proactively detects possible drive failures before they occur and migrates data to a new healthy drive, minimizing the potential for data loss as well as the likelihood of a logical drive (array) going critical.
Wit, Daniel Poneman and Robert Gallucci in Going Critical. Their hard-hitting analysis of the current crisis in Korea includes a studied history of diplomatic and political events of the past, exploring the challenges of hard negotiations with North Korea to date.
It addresses the mass of fissile materials needed to "make a bomb, yet it's clear that the critical masses given--10 kilograms for plutonium-239, 50 kg for uranium-235, and 60 kg for neptunium-237--are for bare spheres with no neutron moderation, reflection, or other factors contributing to going critical. Consider that the International Atomic Energy Agency controls quantities of 8 kg of [sup.239]Pu and 25 kg for [sup.235]U and that these quantities probably relate to masses needed for crude "bombs" Further, in some processing plants, a mass of about one-half a kilogram is used as a guideline for the minimum quantity of [sup.239]Pu or [sup.235]U, which can, given optimum conditions, go critical.
More disaster tonight as Going Critical: The Sinking of HMS Coventry (C4, 8pm) recalls May 25, 1982, when Lietuenant Colonel Ruben Zini led six Skyhawk fighter planes to attack two British warships off the coast - HMS Coventry and HMS Broadsword.